Up­cy­cled desk project

Waikato News - - Front Page - Ged Cann

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has a the­ory that the cheap­est cuts of steak are of­ten ac­tu­ally the best— they just need the most TLC in or­der to un­lock their po­ten­tial. The same prin­ci­ple counts for wood. An­other rule which ap­plies to both steak and wood— if it’s slimy or cov­ered in green stuff don’t use it.

To prove this point I de­cided to do up this old desk.

This desk was so unin­spired it could have been de­signed by Nick­le­back.

The top is lam­i­nated chip­board, the sides were beige metal— par­don the pun places: old men’s chi­nos, hos­pi­tal walls and any meal served on planes.

Then it was time for the wood. Un­for­tu­nately to have enough I had to cut up my pal­let bed base. Some­thing my part­ner wasn’t up­set about.

Af­ter de­tach­ing the right lengths of wood I gave them a quick sand, wipe down, and be­gan the var­nish­ing.

For the var­nish I chose a clear, non­stain­ing va­ri­ety. Sim­ply ap­ply with an old paint­brush. Af­ter al­low­ing to dry for 24 hours sand each layer and wipe down the wood be­fore the next layer. Re­peat three times.

Make sure you have turps on hand to clean the brush.

The var­nish will fill in any knots left over from sand­ing while re­tain­ing the but the de­sign brought noth­ing to the ta­ble. The first thing I did was de­tach the side pan­els.

If you tried to pick up the thing you would know why. It weighed a ton, and with what I was plan­ning it was only go­ing to get heav­ier.

Next I de­cided to spray the whole thing black. Beige be­longs in one of three in­dus­trial, raw wood look.

As well as a new ta­ble top I also glued wood to the back panel of the desk us­ing No More Nails. This wood was treated in the same way.

I couldn’t be hap­pier with the fin­ished prod­uct, which cost a grand to­tal of $40, which in­cludes the desk, var­nish and spray paint.

The fin­ished prod­uct cost $40.

The orig­i­nal desk.

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